Students Learn about Social Responsibility and the TRIPLE bottom line

On Thursday, Julie Lineberger, former Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Chair, instructor and activist shared knowledge and advice to the Business Management class at the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center on socially responsible business plans and the triple bottom line movement in Vermont and worldwide. The class had an opportunity to get first-hand advice on ways to increase sales to the student store following major changes towards healthy food products sold at the store. Beyond the health impacts, carrying locally produced, sustainably made products has a positive impact on our community and has engaged the students in understanding global impacts of corporate practices in manufacturing of products.
Students learned about business models like B-Corporations, L3C’s and Co-operatives as alternate models that are available to create bridges between the for-profit and non-profit models in the business world. These models push the concepts of “corporate giving” to another level through policies and values that reach every part of their business operations from employee relations to vendor contracts.

The CDC class is partnering with ACT this academic school year in the development of a business plan and recommendations for income generating strategies to sustain ACT initiatives and goals. This project is hopes to seek consideration for inclusion in the Southshire Challenge program. VBSR’s presentation is one of many opportunities local youth will have to use their talents, skills and passions to help transform our communities!

Julie Lineberger from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility presents to the Business Mangement class at the CDC
Julie Lineberger from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility presents to the Business Mangement class at the CDC

VBSR Presentation

Thursday, October 24 and Friday October 25th community Walkability event

A Walkable Bennington? Yes Please!

Thursday, October 24 and Friday October 25th community Walkability event
A special event co-sponsored by the Bennington County Regional Commission and the Vermont Department of Health

Join us for this fun, informational event that is free and open to the public! Please rsvp to awalkablebennington@gmail.com or fill out this online form.

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Low-Cost Composters Available through BCRC!

composterKick start your gardening projects with this amazing composter which is available through the Bennington County Regional Commision (BCRC)!

The BCRC will be selling Soil Saver Composters for $47. These retail for $95 and provide an easy way to convert common yard and food waste into an effective fertilizer that you can use in your garden, flowerbeds or to fertilize trees.

Limited quantities available and this offer is only open to residents of certain Vermont communities.

See http://bcrcvt.org/documents/BCRC2013CompostBinSale.pdf for more information